Thursday, December 1 2022

RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 356 new cases of COVID-19 in southwestern Virginia on Tuesday, slightly lowering the seven-day rate of community spread from the Monday record.

Virginia’s statewide case rate has fallen further and the rural nine-county region continues to approach the statewide rate as the Omicron variant continues to spread through the region. The region’s rate fell to 1,170 from 1,205 on Monday, while the state’s rose to 1,312 from 1,387 – from a high of 1,543 on January 13.

The COVID-19 community spread rate dropped slightly in southwestern Virginia on Tuesday for just the third time in two weeks. It is at record highs.

Southwest Virginia also reported two of eight new COVID deaths reported statewide on Tuesday — one in Scott County and one in Wise County. Scott County reported the only new COVID hospitalization.

Washington County (including Bristol) has the highest seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 in the region. The county and city combined reported 108 new cases on Tuesday to bring that rate to 1,427. Buchanan County has the region’s second-highest rate at 1,371, but all counties in southwest Virginia, except with the exception of Tazewell, have a rate above 1,000.

The region’s previous high community spread rate was 660, set in mid-September at the peak of the Delta variant surge.

Statewide, VDH reported 1,007,717 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth on January 18.

According to VDH, the total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1,407,403.

VDH reports that there has been 13,208 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths across the state.

Below is a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Southwest Virginia, with new case numbers covering the period of January 15-17:

Note: VDH does not report whether cases are active or recovered. County and community case totals may include active, recovered, confirmed and probable cases.

Bristol, Virginia. – 3,247 cases / 208 hospitalizations / 59 deaths (29 new cases)
Buchanan County – 3,642 cases / 180 hospitalizations / 90 deaths (13 new cases)
Dickenson County – 2,530 cases / 68 hospitalizations / 40 deaths (10 new cases)
Lee County – 4,549 cases / 149 hospitalizations / 71 deaths (26 new cases)
Norton – 918 cases / 37 hospitalizations / 20 deaths (12 new cases)
Russell County – 5,180 cases / 180 hospitalizations / 80 deaths (43 new cases)
Scott County – 4,281 cases / 193 hospitalizations / 93 deaths (21 new cases, 1 new hospitalization, 1 new death)
Smith County – 6,312 cases / 362 hospitalizations / 141 deaths (41 new cases)
Tazewell County – 7,547 cases / 239 hospitalizations / 123 deaths (21 new cases)
Washington County, Virginia. – 10,558 cases / 714 hospitalizations / 186 deaths (79 new cases)
wise county – 7,435 cases / 273 hospitalizations / 154 deaths (61 new cases, 1 new death)

For complete coverage of the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, click HERE.

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